The Tampa Bay Lightning don’t look like they’ve had the last 3 months and change off. The Bolts put up another terrific effort besting their 2015 Stanley cup final foes Chicago Blackhawks 5-2. A flurry of goals in the second period sparked the team after the first 20 minutes went scoreless. Ondri Palat was the beneficiary of turnover gaff by Blackhawks goalie Collin Delia. Delia panicked seeing Stamkos closing in on him turned the puck over and then fell as Palat was able to throw it off his pads and into the top corner. Alex Killorn made it 2-0 with a sizzling wrist shot from a beautiful feed from Tyler Johnson making his season debut for the Bolts. Blake Coleman scored his first goal of the season driving the net. Another great connection on the 3rd line of Coleman, Barclay Goodrow, and Yanni Gourde that was so effective in the Stanley cup run.
In less than 6 minutes Tampa had gained a massive 3 goal lead with yet another display of offensive dominance. Alex DeBrincat and Patrick Kane put home a goal each in a 4 minute span to lead at just a goal. going into the 3rd period.
Yanni Gourde made the lead a little more comfortable with his first goal of the year off of a gorgeous feed pass from Coleman. Steven Stamkos put the explanation point on the game with a wrist shot high Glove side coming in from behind the play.
The Lightning weren’t able to convert on any of there 3 power plays tonight. After converting half of their 4, man advantages. Their PK allowed another power play goal but still killed off the other 3 penalties. Both special tams unit look polished Tampa bay is already in double digits in goals on the season. A phenomenal 5-2 win for the Bolts. The Lightning’s season looks very promising early on.